Thomas Krens

Historian, Public speaker

1946 –


Who is Thomas Krens?

Thomas Krens is the former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City, and currently the Guggenheim's Senior Advisor for International Affairs, overseeing the completion of the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. From the beginning of his work at the Guggenheim, Krens promised, and delivered, great change, and was frequently in the spotlight, often as a figure of controversy.

During his 20-year tenure as director he expanded the Guggenheim globally by enlarging and raising the profile of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and then building the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany, the Guggenheim Las Vegas and Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, also in Las Vegas, Guggenheim Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Abu Dhabi expansion. Krens spearheaded spectacular exhibitions such as The Art of the Motorcycle and ambitious shows covering the art of entire countries, including China and Brazil. As director, Krens increased the Guggenheim’s endowment from US$ 20 million to US$ 118 million.

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Dec 26, 1946
New York City
  • United States of America
  • Williams College
  • Yale University
  • University at Albany, SUNY
  • Yale School of Management
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

on July 23, 2013


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